Clayton Kershaw for MVP? I think not. Of course I won’t argue if he wins it, but I certainly wouldn’t vote for him. Missing five weeks of the season hurts. On the one hand, it’s remarkable that he’s among the league leaders in various categories given the time that he’s missed. On the other hand, who’s to say he would have been so dominant over those five weeks? What if he had a few pedestrian outings over that span, “ballooning” is ERA closer to 2.50? Sure, his strikeouts and innings would have increased, but so – possibly – could his WHIP and ERA. That being said, I do believe that he has been the most dominant pitcher in the NL – no matter who you compare him to. For that reason, along with his leaderboard status, I would vote for him for the Cy Young Award. That may seem like a double standard, but for me it’s the difference between “best pitcher” and Most Valuable Player for the entire season.
• Miguel Rojas. Who knew he was going to be such a wizard on defense? Such an important piece to the roster. For that matter, Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke have rounded out a most impressive bench. Ned had his work cut out for him last offseason – safe to say that he passed with flying colors in assembling an effective set of role players.
• Speaking of Ned, his recent acquisitions left me feeling like Frank McCourt was pulling the strings again. Darwin Barney? Kevin Correia? Roberto Hernandez? Seems like the kind of moves that Ned made a few years ago. But the early returns have been excellent. Can they keep it up? Time will tell. No one expects them to be lights out over the next six weeks and beyond. But if they can keep the Dodgers in games, they will have proven Ned and Co. to be quite competent yet again.
SportsNet LA is going to be televising a handful of Isotopes games in the coming weeks. It’s really just more baseball that no one is going to see, and not just because 70% of fans can’t get the channel. The games will be tape delayed and shown midday, when no one is home to watch them anyway. It is, however, a step in the right direction. I’ve always felt we should be privileged to watch some prospect baseball on occasion. Hopefully things expand to the point where fans can watch Triple-A and Double-A games on days that the Dodgers are off, or where the schedule allows an “organizational double-header” by showing a Major League game at 4pm Pacific Time, and the Triple-A game following.
• If you haven’t been to the Baseball Exhibition at the Reagan Library, you need to go. Really. Here’s a bit of my visit there a few weeks ago.
• I’ll be offline for a bit. Time for a little R&R with the fam.
--Just my two cents